Skip Alexander

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Skip Alexander
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Stewart Murray Alexander, Jr.
Born (1918-08-06)August 6, 1918
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died October 24, 1997(1997-10-24) (aged 79)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Nationality  United States
Career
College Duke University
Turned professional 1941
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T14: 1950
U.S. Open 11th: 1948
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T9: 1948

Stewart Murray "Skip" Alexander, Jr. (August 6, 1918 – October 24, 1997) was an American collegiate and professional golfer.

Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but was raised in Durham, North Carolina.[1] He attended Duke University from 1937 to 1940. During that time, he helped Duke win the Southern Conference Championship in golf three times, won the individual conference title twice, was a two-time Southern Intercollegiate medalist and twice reached the quarter-finals of the National Intercollegiate Tournament.

Alexander turned professional in 1941 and joined the PGA Tour in 1946. In 1948 he won his first tour event, the Tucson Open. He would win twice more on tour.

On September 24, 1950, Alexander was the lone survivor of a plane crash in which he was severely burned over 70% of his body. After 17 operations, one of which was to permanently freeze his badly burned fingers around the grip of a golf club instead of removing them, he returned to help the United States win the 1951 Ryder Cup. Sam Snead, the Ryder Cup captain that year, paired Alexander against the British champion, John Panton, in the singles portion of the competition. Although the thought was that it might well be a throwaway match, it would at least save their other players from playing Panton, who was beating everyone at that time. Alexander, with both hands bleeding, won the match by the largest margin in Ryder Cup history to that point, 8 & 7.[1]

Alexander served as the golf pro at Lakewood Country Club (now known as St. Petersburg Country Club) in St. Petersburg, Florida starting in 1951, and served in that capacity for 34 years.[1]

Alexander was awarded the 1959 Ben Hogan Award for golfers who make a comeback after suffering a physical handicap. He was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 1986 and in 1987 was inducted for into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Duke Hall of Fame. His son Buddy is the head golf coach at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Alexander died at his home in St. Petersburg.

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

Other wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Team appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Skip Alexander biography". St. Petersburg Country Club. Retrieved April 26, 2011.